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Raven Saunders

Raven Saunders

American female shot putter
Raven Saunders
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American female shot putter
Is Athlete Shot putter Discus thrower
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 15 May 1996, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Age 25 years
Star sign Taurus
Education
Southern Illinois University
University of Mississippi
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Raven Saunders (born May 15, 1996) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the shot put and discus throw. She won three NCAA collegiate titles in the shot put for the University of Mississippi. She was a world junior medalist in 2014 and the Pan American junior champion in 2015. She holds a personal record of 19.96 m (65 ft 5+34 in) for the shot put. She was the silver medalist in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, throwing a distance of 19.79 m (64 ft 11 in).

Prep

Saunders attended Burke High School in Charleston, South Carolina and competed in track and field while there. In April 2014 she broke the national high school record for the shot put with a mark of 17.27 m (56 ft 7+34 in). She was nominated as the Gatorade Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year for her efforts.

NCAA

Raven Saunders went on to attend Southern Illinois University before moving to University of Mississippi and competing for the Ole Miss Rebels track team.

She was highly successful as a Southern Illinois Salukis, winning the shot put titles at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She is the first American junior athlete to throw beyond eighteen metres. She continued to improve her American junior records and broke the Missouri Valley Conference record.

She was highly successful as an Ole Miss Rebels, winning the shot put titles at the 2016 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, placing 12th at 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, winning shot put titles at 2016 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She broke the 23-year-old outdoor championship record with her shot put throw of 19.33 m (63 ft 5 in) in 2016.

World competition

Raven placed first at the 2014 US Junior Championships. Saunders made her international debut at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon and took the silver medal behind Guo Tianqian of China (who was Asian champion one year later). Saunders raised funds through the internet in order to attend the meeting, which was nearly 3000 miles away from her hometown in South Carolina.

The following year, Raven placed eighth at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and topped the podium at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships – she beat the runner-up by over two and a half metres and her throw of 18.27 m (59 ft 11+14 in) was a new Pan American Junior championship record.

Saunders returned an improved athlete for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials and successfully made her first Olympic team with a best of 19.24 m (63 ft 1+14 in), coming second only to World medalist Michelle Carter.

In 2021 Saunders placed second at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials with a shot put throw of 19.96 m (65 ft 6 in).

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 2nd Shot put 16.63 m
2015 Pan American Junior Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st Shot put 18.27 m CR
2016 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 1st Shot put 18.49 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th Shot put 19.35 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 10th Shot put 17.86 m
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd Shot put 19.79 m

National titles

  • NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    • Shot put: 2015, 2016
  • NCAA Women's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships
    • Shot put: 2015
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 01 Aug 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://www.gatorade.com/poy/profile.aspx?id=15398
https://www.tfrrs.org/athletes/5099079/Southern_Illinois/Raven_Saunders.html
http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/raven_saunders_982656.html
https://www.tfrrs.org/athletes/5591485/Mississippi/Raven_Saunders.html
http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/ncaa-championships-2016-cheserek-victor
http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2014/USATF-Junior-Outdoor-Championships/Complete-Results.aspx
http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/report-women-shot-put-iaaf-world-junior-champ
http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/china-asian-championships
http://spikes.iaaf.org/post/raven-saunders-self-driven-road-to-success
http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/pan-american-junior-champs-2015-aguilar-cunni
http://www.postandcourier.com/20160708/160709509/burkes-raven-saunders-on-olympic-dream-its-crazy
https://abcnews4.com/news/local/charlestons-raven-saunders-makes-us-olympic-team-again-with-record-shot-put
https://www.worldathletics.org/athletes/biographies/athcode=288484
https://twitter.com/giveme1shot
https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/_/288484
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